SONGS FOR GIRL GUIDES & GIRL SCOUTS
How it began
After creating, and then delivering a new Girl Guide leader's training course in 2019-20, I became aware of how useful it would be to have the songs they needed to know in one place. I started small, just 100 songs added to YouTube channel, but this quickly outgrew the initial plan.
I discovered the world of collecting vintage songbooks was fun, cheap and, importantly for Hong Kong, didn't take up too much room. Also, there was COVID raging outside so I had time on my hands.
This then morphed into recording songs from as many old, out of print songbooks as I had the energy to do.
I now own approximately 70 songbooks from UK, USA, Canada and Australia, with more on my wish-list The oldest one in my collection dates back to 1926.
It was from this special interest that my next one grew; researching and writing the biographies of women from the world of Girl Guide and Girl Scout music, starting with Mary Chater to then publish to Wikipedia.
I set myself the challenge of recording
all the English language songs from the
four World Centre songbooks: